Judging by the trailer: we have an idea that is completely original (as far as I know), with a talented lead actor and actress (John Krasinski and Emily Blunt), two convincing child actors (Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds) who do not play the cliche "Creepy-child-who-always-draws-and-so-happens-to-see-the-ghosts" roles, but genuine children doing real children things, making the best of their childhoods in a dark and grim situation. And to top it all off, we have a creepy antagonist that we know nothing about, we do not know what it looks like or what it is entirely capable of.
And when I went to see it: I thought it was executed perfectly.
This movie does not entirely rely on blood and guts, this movie has produced the terror that it has intended by barely making any sound throughout most of the movie. It is the silence that had the audience stop eating their cinema food out of fear of making a noise. It is the silence that have made people sit completely still, with their hands gripping the arm rests, and if they weren't sitting still, they were squirming in their seats. It is the silence of the movie that made the entire audience in the cinema as equally silent, which enhanced the intensity of the film, so much so that I practically felt sick just by how long I was tensing up all the muscles in my body, which was practically throughout the entire movie. It was the silence that made the audience breathe an air of relief when there was even so much as a whisper coming from the screen, as we felt that were allowed to participate in the noise making, as if we were safe as well. It was a horror movie that perfectly balanced the elements of drama and horror, so much so that we could feel attached to any of the 4 lead characters shown on screen.
A Quiet Place was an experience that I have not endured from a horror movie in a long time. Even in the total silence, we still felt emotionally attached to the characters. We were silent in the hopes that we could protect the family that we shared the horrors with. We cried when they cried as we could feel the loss or the relief that they were feeling, we smiled when they smiled, and we breathed when they breathed. It is an almost masterpiece of a horror movie in the modern era of horror film-making. A huge props to John Krasinski for his amazing style of directing, and a huge props to the cast and crew for participating in something as heartfelt and as terrifying as A Quiet Place